The Apex Awards are here! We are here to break down the nominations for North America’s best Slayer! Come take a look at the 10 nominees.

The Apex Awards are right around the corner! Today we are looking at NA’s best Slayer. A Slayer is normally the initiator or aggressive player of the team. Typically playing movement Legends to enable pushes or to weave around fights. The criteria for the Slayer position includes skill level, performance in competitive and notoriety to name a few.

The Nominees

Tyler “Dezignful” Gardner

Current Team: G2
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Coming into the NA ALGS Championships, G2 Esports was one of the favorites to win. One of the reasons why this team was favored was because of Dezignful. The American controller player and streamer has been rising through the ranks over the past couple of years. Earning over 13,000 ALGS points and having 4 back to back wins earlier this year, which shows just how much G2 has dominated the scene.

Zach “Zach” Mazer

Current Team: Cloud 9
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Our next nominee is Cloud 9’s Zach. The ALGS 2021 North American runner up suprised everyone with his performance durring the ALGS championships, the SCARZ cup and Twitch Rivals. Zach has made quite a name for himself in the competitive Apex scene winning 7210 ALGS points last season. Zach also claimed the title of the Apex Predator in the ALGS 2021 championships, as he got the most eliminations throughout the tournament. Although he doesn’t have the most ALGS points, achieving the Apex Predator award, especially at a high tier tournament makes him a contender for NA’s best Slayer

Alex “Scuwry” Scala

Current Team: NRG
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Next up is the North American ALGS champion’s Slayer, Scuwry. The Canadian player for Kungarna NA took home the title earlier this year with his fellow teammates and beat some of NA’s finest. The 11-time ALGS Grand Finalist has amassed 5790 ALGS points throughout the year. Although he did not place well during last year’s tournaments, he has made quite the comeback this year during the ALGS Circuit. Consistency is a crucial aspect of any esport and if a player can consistently be a grand finalist, then they are a good contender for NA’s best Slayer.

Paris “StayNaughty” Gouzoulis

Current Team: NRG
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Another Cloud 9 player joining the ranks of our nominees is StayNaughty. Alongside his fellow nominee Zach, the American controller player has made quite the name for himself over the past year. He was the runner up in both the ALGS NA championships and the SCARZ Cup but also came first in the 4th ALGS Winter Circuit. Over the course of the year, he’s gotten 8820 ALGS points for his team, cementing his nomination for the best Slayer in NA.

Aidan “rocker” Grodin

Current Team: NRG
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NRG’s Rocker is like Gibraltar who he typically plays in competitive. He supports his team and holds them together. He, alongside his teammates, have made quite the splash in the Apex community, as NRG is one of the most popular teams. Placing well in high tier tournaments, Rocker has made a name for himself, besting some of the best players out there and earning 13,890 ALGS points. With that many ALGS points and consistency, Rocker is a good contender for NA’s best Slayer.

Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen

Current Team: TSM
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One of the biggest Apex streamers on twitch is TSM’s ImperialHal. TSM’s Apex team has done extremely well for the team over the years, placing top 10 in a vast majority of tournaments. ImperialHal has been on TSM since they joined competitive Apex and has become the team captain, leading his team to new heights. He has earned his team 13,670 ALGS points over the season and continues to impress us all. His aggressive playstyle and top placements make him a popular option for best Slayer in NA.

Rigo “Gentrifyinq” Padilla

Current Team: G2
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Gentrifyinq was a major part of G2 Esports’ success in Apex this year. The American controller player has regularly placed high in tournaments, even before his days on G2. In the past year, they had 4 back to back wins in tournaments with his squad. In the past he used to play for SolaFide and had good placements with that team, even having 3 back to back wins; but now on G2, he has earned 13,015 ALGS points for his team.

Chris “sweetdreams” Sexton

Current Team: NRG
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Over the past 3 years, sweetdreams has had 4 back to back wins in tournaments, 3 back to back runner ups and 2 back to back 3rd places. Since joining NRG, he has earned a total of 12,965 ALGS points, cementing his position on the team. His cool, calm and collected personality translates into the game and his streams.

Eric “Snip3down” Wrona

Current Team: TSM
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Also on TSM’s Apex roster is Snip3down. A late addition to the team but just as important as its other members, Snip3down is the glue that holds TSM together. The American controller player has won TSM 12,730 ALGS points over the course of the year, as they’ve typically placed will in major tournaments. Back during the EXP Invitational in 2019, he achieved the Apex Predator award for the most eliminations.

Nathan “Nafen” Nguyen

Current Team: NRG
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Alongside TSM and G2, NRG was a heavy favorite to win ALGS this year. This was in part due to Nafen, the 19 year old American player who has made quite the impression on the Apex community. With him on their roster, NRG has consistently placed high in multiple tournaments. He has earned a total of 13,320 ALGS points over the year and consistently performs well.

Look out for our Finalists announcement on September 6th

There you have it, our 10 nominees for Best Slayer NA based on the votes from our esteemed panel of judges; a mix of ALGS broadcast talent, players and managers.

We will be announcing the 3 finalists for the Best Slayer NA award on September 6th and the winners on September 8th!

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Noah Pather

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Noah is a senior psychology student at the University of Ottawa, studying to become an athletic therapist. After watching Valve's Free to Play documentary in 2014, he got hooked on Dota 2 and hasn't looked back since. When he's not crushing mid-lane on Puck he is racing through King's Canyon as Octane. Self-proclaimed trilingual expert. Firmly believes V for Vendetta is the best film of all time.